"Don't be humble, you're not that great!" .....(think it was Marlene Dietrich who said it to a visiting diplomat) (One of my favourite overused retorts)
This reverse snobbery concept appeals to my finances. Notwithstanding my lack of greatness, I plan to plant the seeds of humblelingus in order to sustain my other superfluous interests.
Sell cars. Buy a Myvi.
Sell properties. Buy a Timeshare.
Stop buying designer clothes. Consider BritishIndia.
Contain epicurean desires. Consider New World wines from Chile and chicken liver pate.
Forget biweekly RM60 haircuts. Do mamak No 1(or is it No3) cuts every 3 months.
Return Datukship offer to sender. (ok, thats the plan if it happens)
Not exactly the state of destitution but it will go a long way in paying for my drinking binges, football trips to the UK and (*coughs*) the deposit for this beauty. My mother would be proud.
Achieving greatness is a bit trickier. Notoriety doesnt count because its too easy. Neither does doing good (same example as notoriety!). Maybe i'll just emulate some great Malaysians and add myself to the Great Malaysian Blog List. Alas, the list doesnt exist because Great and Malaysian Blogs are mutually exclusive? I can do a Malaysian Record of sort. Largest collection of toe nail clippings might just make me Great.
Its just easier being Great without the stigma of being Malaysian attached to it. When your greatness transcend nationalities, its not questionable. The call for Towering Malays or Malaysians is bizarre given the need to shed our 'Jaguh Kampung' mentality.
Marlene Dietrich is wrong. We need to be humble because we're not great. Its easier that way; we might even gain a little respect.